How Ancient Wisdom Can Help Managers Give Their Employees Better Feedback

by Khatera Sahibzada Adjunct Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Southern California

Giving feedback is unquestionably one of the most challenging tasks for any leader, as it can be painful to both the giver and receiver. It is nonetheless invaluable: Research has shown that employees recognize the importance of feedback – whether positive or negative – to their career development. ... Read & React

Finding a Fix for Government Performance

by Stewart Liff and Paul Gustavson

This is the first in a series of articles on how the next administration can improve federal government operations. As public trust in government declines, federal agencies are at a crossroads. Workforce management is part of the problem—and the solution. Agencies need to do a better job of ... Read & React

Another Reason to Exercise Every Day During the Holidays

by William B. Farquhar Professor of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, University of Delaware

Yes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends and the media. ... Read & React

Memo to the President: Performance and Results in Procurement

The federal government spends on the order of $450 billion a year buying goods and services—about 40 percent of federal discretionary spending. Following are three recommendations for improving the performance and results of the procurement system. Develop more information about contract ... Read & React

Memo to the President: Reforming the Federal Budget Process

by Paul L. Posner and Steve Redburn

The new president and Congress need a working budget process to help them put resources behind their policies and govern the nation effectively. Budgeting, one of the core processes of government, is badly broken. But a return to “regular order” is not enough. We need a new order that will help ... Read & React

Memo to the President: Getting the Most From the Federal Workforce

Over the years, much has been written about the importance of reforming the civil service system. President Obama’s proposed budgets from fiscal 2015 through 2017 stated that “an alternative, cost-effective system needs to be developed that will allow the government to compete for and reward top ... Read & React

Now’s the Time to Lead With Grace and Compassion

Like so many, I woke up on the morning of November 9 anxious to hear the final results of the election. I spent the day in a fog of confusion and a whole lot of other emotions that prevented a productive work day. My husband, adult daughters and their partners were similarly working through their ... Read & React

When It Comes to Bosses Who Don't Listen, Every Country is the Same

by Lila MacLellan

When you’re working overseas as an expat, or in your native country under a foreign-born manager, it’s tempting to blame friction between you and your boss on cultural differences. Management theory has supported this perception. A statistic often cited in business school textbooks claims that 50% ... Read & React

Memo to the President: Staffing Your Team

The foundation for good management in the federal government is effective leadership at both the political and career levels. Presidents do not run the government alone. They must work with the thousands of political appointees they name, who must in turn work with career executives who implement ... Read & React

Memos to the President: How to Run Government Effectively

Political campaigns are a time of promises. Transitions are a time of frantic preparation. And then, perhaps too soon, it’s time to govern. Governing is the hard work of turning promises into legislation, budgets, actions and results. For the transition currently underway, the stakes are ... Read & React

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